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How early to give treats?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by the lemon tree, May 12, 2009.

  1. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Everyone!

    I am new to this chicken thing but am totally excited about my new hobby! Now I just have a questiont that I'm hoping some of you can give me some insights on-I just got 2 Ameraucanas, 1 Red Sex-link, and 1 Barred Rock two days ago (I think they're about 5-7 days old). They are all thriving in their new, though homemade, brooder and I was wondering how early I can start giving them treats like fresh veggies, fruit, cottage cheese, and yogurt. I was too tempted and gave them some fresh corn the other day and they LOVED it! Yesterday I gave them a dab of yogurt and it took them some time to take to it but towards the end they were fighting to get to it. Any ideas about this? I certainly don't want to harm their health, especially in the crucial few weeks of their lives.

    Thanks and I am so excited to be here!
     
  2. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
    Just be sure you are giving them Grit when you give treats. I buy mine at TSC and put it in a small bowl that they can get at when I offer them treats.
     
  3. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I guess I'm too new to know acronymns-what is TSC?
     
  4. IDIOT HUSBAND

    IDIOT HUSBAND Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tractor supply company. Its a farmers store. They will sell feed and supplies for just about all farm animals.
     
  5. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can buy "chick grit" (smaller than regular grit) which is critical if they are not able to access something like this on their own (if on dirt,etc,with access to small stones and sand). They can't digest those treats otherwise and this can have fatal results. Not needed with just chick starter, though. I ordered some from McMurray, but some feed stores may carry it (TSC is a feed store - Tractor Supply something. Cute adds in horse magazines. I don't think we have one around here.)
     
  6. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so as long as I offer grit (which I am-I mix it into their starter feed), it's okay for me to start feeding them "treats" at just a few days old?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  7. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
    I only offer treats about once a week but I know others do it more frequently. I've given scrambled eggs, spaghetti noodles, grapes. They were super funny with the noodles, I've never heard such a commotion from such little things before!! [​IMG]
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They say that about 90%-95% of their diet needs to be the chick starter. I figure I'm safe if I limit the amount. Live culture yogurt is a great treat as it gives them some good intestinal flora. I gave treats daily starting at a few days. Mine love cheese that has been shredded into little strands, too; probably a bit fatty and salty, but at least it's good protein.

    Some on here never give treats. Not a bad idea. To each his own.
     
  9. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't buy grit, I dig up sand out of the yard and give them clumps of dirt and weeds to find their own grit. Much healthier and teaches them to search out their own snackies.
     
  10. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine won't eat anything but their chick starter... hmmm. I've tried brocolli, romaine lettuce, and apple... nope. won't touch it! weird!
     

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